Farm Woodlot Management Online Course

Discover the Economic Potential of a Managed Forest

Want to get more from your woods? Examine the methods to assess forest resources and discuss common woodland activities such as cutting firewood, harvesting logs for mushroom cultivation, and support for wildlife and long-term forest health in our Farm Woodlot Management online course.

Woodlots are a common feature of most farms in the eastern US, and are often overlooked for the value they might bring to the landowner and to farm enterprises. Farmers and woodland owners need to recognize the potential values of their woodland resource, be familiar with common ways a woodland can add value, and identify how the woodland will support the interests of the owner.

Register Now: Farm Woodlot Management

This course is for farmers and landowners who manage (or seek to manage) woodlands. Participants should have an interest in working the woods to improve their financial outcome and to ensure healthy trees with long-term productivity. No prior forestry knowledge required. This course contains some information specific to the Northeastern US, though it contains content broad enough to be relevant to anyone living in a humid temperate climate.

As a result of this course you will be able to:

  • Make informed decisions, knowing what actions you can pursue and what activities you should contract through a forester
  • Describe the type, quality and potential of woodlands on a property
  • Connect attributes of the land to your interests and needs for common woodland products of value
  • Be able to select trees that can be grown for a future crop and remove trees useful for firewood

The bulk of the course happens on your own time, with discussions, readings, and assignments in Teachable, our online course platform. To add to the experience, live webinars will be held during the live instruction period — from November 2 to December 7, 2021, on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. ET. These webinars allow you to meet on a weekly basis to learn from presenters and ask questions in real time. If you miss one, they are always recorded and posted for later viewing.

Meet the Instructor:

Kristina Ferrare holds an MS in Forest Resources Management from the University of Massachusetts and a BS in History from Hamilton College. Her graduate work focused on developing a data management and reporting system to evaluate best management practices on timber sales for the U.S.D.A. Forest Service. Before coming to CCE, Kristina worked on private forest landowner outreach and education as well as land conservation programming for the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. Her current work and interests are in sustainable forest management, forestry technologies and the human dimensions of owning forest land. She is a native of CNY.


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